It appears there’s just one factor that may carry Henry Cejudo again to MMA.
Cejudo, the previous UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion, retired in Might after defending his 135-pound title in opposition to Dominick Cruz within the co-main occasion of UFC 249.
The retirement caught many without warning, as Cejudo was thought-about on the top of his star energy. The Olympic wrestling gold medalist mentioned his need to start out a household and concentrate on private life, plus wanting increased compensation for his UFC fights, had been the primary the explanation why he selected to stroll away.
In a current interview with MMA Junkie Radio, Cejudo’s coach, Eric Albarracin mentioned the previous two-division champion would contemplate making a return to MMA for a title combat with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
“There’s actually just one fighter that can carry him again and that’s Volkanovski,” Albarracin mentioned. “That’s about him doing one thing that has by no means ever been executed. He’s already executed being ‘Triple C’ with the Olympic title and two UFC titles. No person is ever going to get that particularly the mens, however there are champ-champs – he’s the fourth or fifth champ-champ within the historical past however there’s by no means been a triple UFC champ in MMA or Bellator.
“In order that’s what intrigues him,” he continued. “Henry is a conqueror. As soon as he conquers one thing he’s like a viking. He’s prepared to overcome the following, in order that’s what intrigues him changing into a legend amongst legends and an unusual particular person amongst unusual folks.”
Volkanovski is at the moment booked to defend his title in a rematch in opposition to Max Holloway. Albarracin is not sure if Cejudo would need to problem for the 145-pound title if Holloway had been to defeat Volkanovski, however says there’s undoubtedly curiosity within the Volkanovski matchup.
Albarracin mentioned there hasn’t been any talks or negotiations with the UFC for a Cejudo comeback. However he’s assured about how a Cejudo return would go, evaluating him to NBA legend Michael Jordan. Albarracin additionally claims former Bulls coach Phil Jackson known as him and gave him permission to name himself the “Phil Jackson of MMA” and Cejudo the “Michael Jordan of MMA.”
“Who’s the Michael Jordan of MMA? After all it’s Henry Cejudo,” Albarracin mentioned. “How do I do know? As a result of I’m the Phil Jackson of MMA. And the way do I do know that? As a result of Phil Jackson known as me and mentioned just one particular person may be the Phil Jackson of MMA and thats the particular person with all of the belts.
“So I believe Michael Jordan retired as a result of he received his second three-peat. He got here again ultimately, so it’s as much as the followers. If sufficient followers need to make it occur, why wouldn’t you place collectively the best combat? Both one comes out a legend at 145. Volkanovski is on a legend tear beating Jose Aldo and Max Holloway. Not that he might beat ‘Triple C,’ however in one other universe, if he did beat ‘Triple C,’ he’s a legend. And naturally, ‘Triple C’ will develop into C4 and he accomplishes one thing that no legend has ever completed. That will be a champion in three totally different weight lessons within the UFC. C4, whats up. Bye, bye, ‘Triple C.’”